Are you worried about everything in the news regarding the Equifax data breach and don’t know if your personal information might have been exposed?

 

Or maybe you still don’t understand enough about what options you have to protect your credit.

 

You may even feel like you’re covered but want to help your family or friends know more, so that they can protect their credit in case their credit card numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, addresses, or driver’s license numbers were stolen.

 

We’ve compiled a list of links with information and resources about what Equifax says happened, and different steps you can take to protect your identity. We even listed them without hyperlinking so that you can see what websites you are going to.  We truly hope this will be helpful to you and those you love. 

 

To see if your personal information is potentially impacted by the Equifax data breach:

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/

 

To read about what happened from Equifax, what data was accessed, what they are doing, and what you can do:

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/consumer-notice/

 

For a video message from the Equifax CEO, and updates about what they are doing:

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com

 

For the list from Equifax of their frequently asked questions:

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/frequently-asked-questions/

 

For information on how to enroll in the complimentary identity theft protection and credit file monitoring service from Equifax:

https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/enroll/

 

To place or lift a freeze on your Equifax credit file: 

https://www.freeze.equifax.com

 

An article from the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau about identity theft and what you can do to protect yourself:

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/identity-theft-protection-following-equifax-data-breach/

 

An article from the Federal Trade Commission about scams to look out for regarding the Equifax data breach:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-isnt-calling

 

The Federal Trade Commission’s article about what they recommend you do regarding the Equifax data breach:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2017/09/equifax-data-breach-what-do

 

Resources from the Federal Trade Commission about protecting your identity and what to do if someone has stolen your identity, or is trying to use your personal information to open accounts:

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0014-identity-theft

 

Website from the Federal Trade Commission to help you report, and recover from, identity theft:

https://www.identitytheft.gov

 

Federal Trade Commission consumer.gov website that explains what your credit history is and why it is important:

https://www.consumer.gov/articles/1009-your-credit-history

 

The official site for requesting a free annual credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com including information about credit reports:

https://www.annualcreditreport.com/index.action

 

Link to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau confirming validation of AnnualCreditReport.com:

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/how-do-i-get-a-copy-of-my-credit-reports-en-5/